Crockpot Beef Stew

This past weekend, the weather finally got really cold. This means that it is now officially crock pot stew time. I don’t normally like to cook red meat at home, but this is a very easy way to do it. We bought the beef stew meat at Trader Joe’s and it came cut in the perfect small stew pieces, therefore, making this stew very easy to make. So next time the temperature dips down low, grab these ingredients and make this stew!

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Classic Gazpacho

It’s finally starting to feel slightly more like spring outside. Just slightly. But still, it already has me dreaming of all of the warm weather foods I treasure eating each spring and summer. I keep dreaming of rooftop BBQs. No I mean it, I actually wake up thinking about throwing parties outside in the sun with fun food. Yes, I know, I have a problem. Anyways, one of the food items I love making each summer is gazpacho. Here’s a simple recipe you can make yourself for dinner or serve as an appetizer at your next outdoor dinner party. I’ve also previously posted a spicy cucumber gazpacho recipe if you crave spice in your life.


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Crock Pot Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

Continuing with healthy recipes, here’s a lentil and sweet potato stew that can easily be made in the crock pot. The most work you have to do for this is some chopping, and then remember to throw it all in the crock pot. If you have a long work day, you can also start this at night and stop it when you wake up.

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Carrot Parsnip Soup

The last few weeks have been a bit hectic, so it’s been hard to have time to make dinner. But this soup is one of the easier soups to make. It is also a one pot soup, meaning not a lot of clean up. Plus it’s healthy. So if you’re like me, and ate a lot of Valentine’s Day cookies, this can help undo all that eating.

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My Favorite Meal of the Week – Spicy Lentil Chickpea Soup

So I wanted to start the New Year off with a nice and healthy recipe for all of those people out there who have put getting healthy on their New Year’s Resolution List (or for those of us just needing to make up for all the eating done in the last 10 days). This soup has just the perfect amount of kick to keep you interested, but is full of healthy nutrients to keep you on track!

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My Favorite Meal of the Week – Chicken Farro Soup

In the winter, you really can’t have enough recipes for hearty soups. Hearty soups and warm breads are about all I want to eat when the temperature drops. This soup takes a bit to cook (probably 1.5 hours on the stove), but it involves very little involvement. So if you have time this weekend, cook up a big batch to get you through next week!

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My Favorite Meal of the Week – Crockpot Minestrone

So it’s that time of year where we really have to accept that winter is upon us and we won’t see sun for quite some time. And how do we cope with this? We eat warm, hearty foods sitting in front of the fire. This is a really easy crock pot dish that is perfect to come home to after a long day at work or school and then a commute back home in the rain. I actually doubled the recipe and have an additional 4 servings sitting in the freezer to get me through finals in the coming weeks.

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My Favorite Meal of the Week – Broccoli and White Bean Soup

Have any of you tried the broccoli pasta recipe I posted a few months ago? Well if you have, and you liked it, but want a healthy alternative, try this. It’s basically the same sauce turned into a soup and with white beans subbed in for dairy. So good!

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My Favorite Meal of the Week – Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho

At a dinner party this summer, our friends made an amazing spicy cucumber gazpacho that I wanted to recreate. I decided it would be the perfect thing to take to jazz in the sculpture garden on a humid Friday night. But as luck would have it, jazz got rained out. But we still really enjoyed this soup. We ate it for dinner with some garlic bread, but you could also serve it as a light summer appetizer.

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